Raytheon Company upgrades SDPE system to counter ballistic missile raid threats

The Raytheon Company announced on October 23 that it has begun upgrading its AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar signal and data processing equipment to counter global ballistic missile raid threats.

Ballistic missile raids are a nuclear attack involving a large number of weapons launched simultaneously. Raytheon Company announced that it is focusing on increasing the capabilities of the "brains" of its AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense SDPE system to allow for the radars to respond more quickly and accurately to potential threats.

AN/TPY-2 is a mobile X-band radar used by the U.S. and its allies to protect against a reported 6,300 missile that are outside of U.S, China, Russian Federation or North Atlantic Treaty Organization control. The new capabilities will increase the AN/TPY-2 system's capability to discriminate between threats and non-threats, while increasing the unit's ability to detect large-scale threats more accurately.

"Raytheon is building on the AN/TPY-2's record of outstanding performance by improving the system because rogue states are constructing more ballistic missiles that have longer ranges and are increasingly more sophisticated," Vice President of Global Integrated Sensors in Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business Dave Gulla said. "The security of the U.S., our warfighters and our allies depends on having reliable, capable systems like the AN/TPY-2 to help counter the growing ballistic missile threat."

The new upgrade is expected to have five times the processing power of the previous SDPE system. The new units will also be smaller, weigh less and be more energy efficient than the existing system.